Marmota Visual Environmental Monitoring

August 28, 2012

Distant peaks

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Today’s photo was taken from Passo del Maroccaro (2973m) in the Stelvio National Park and it clearly shows GrossGlockner 187km away.

August 27, 2012

Trento Nord

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Looking down on the northern, more commercial, part of Trento from the Soprasasso military trail.

August 26, 2012

Monte Baldo

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Today’s photo was taken from Monte Misone and shows the Monte Baldo range hovering above Lake Garda mist, which often gets blown up from the Po Valley in the afternoon.

August 25, 2012

Villages in the valley

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Here’s another photo taken from the Monte Stivo to Monte Cornetto ridge, but this time from “La Rocchetta” facing “Valle dei Laghi”.

August 24, 2012

Which is Vioz?

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On the way back to Passo Tonale from the “Sentiero dei fiori”, on a good day you are lucky enough to see some on the big mountains (above 3500m) in the Stelvio National Park. In today’s photo, a hiker was wondering “Which one is Monte Vioz?”, as a friend of hers had just climbed it the week before.

August 23, 2012

Inversion in Val di Genova

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Sometimes, when there is an inversion in the valley it can be difficult to identify peaks that would normally be obvious. Today’s image was taken last week above Rifugio Mandrone in Val di Genova and posed the question “Is that the Brenta Group in the distance?”. As it turns out it was, with Corno di Senaso being situated at the end of Val d’Ambiez in the Brenta Group.


August 22, 2012

Sunrise in Trentino

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Today’s photo was taken from the ridge connecting Monte Stivo and Monte Cornetto which flanks the Adige river from Rovereto to Trento. It was taken just after 6am the day after a few showers had cleaned the summer air. The three triangular mountains are part of the Pale di San Martino Dolomite group.

July 11, 2012

Monte Ruioch

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Thanks to our colleague Marco Bozzano, we publish a new picture after quite a long time. It was taken from Monte Ruioch (2415) (also known as Rujoch).

February 27, 2012

Grignone from Bergamo Airport

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Today’s image focuses on a local controversy concerning the authenticity of a photo showing the city of Bergamo, Italy, supposedly superimposed over a montaneous backdrop. Original source (Feb. 2012):( The photograph was originally used in a commercial for the launch of the newspaper “Corriere della Sera di Bergamo” showing Città Alta (part of the city of Bergamo) from an unusual point of view. As was explained in, the photo was taken from the control tower of Orio al Serio, airport close to Bergamo. People claimed that the photo was tampered with, due to the apparent vicinity of the iconic mountain in the background (Mount Grignone), with respect to the city. But as you can see from the above Marmota aligned image, the mountain is indeed Grignone and lies 40km away (a synthetic rendering of the photo can also be seem below for further proof).
The controversy arose because this mountain is traditionally featured in publicity material from Lake Como, and usually shows the city of Lecco rather than Bergamo.

February 3, 2012

Punta Martin

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Marco Bozzano is constantly climbing mountains: this is another of his great contributions, from the top of Punta Martin (1001m) in the Ligurian Appennines, looking towards Monviso (3841m), 136km away.

January 18, 2012

Marmolada from above

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Today’s photo was taken by Michele Zanin during a recent pleasure flight above the Dolomites. Due to the huge number of peaks visible, just a few of our favourites were selected…

December 30, 2011

Pale di San Martino from 300km away!

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Today’s amazing image comes from our friend Aleksandar Gospić. The Marmota labeled version is here.

It shows us an extremely distant view of the Pale di San Martino group in the Italian Dolomites from North Velebit (Croatia), an incredible 300km away! In the foreground is Plavnik island, then comes the ridge of Cres island, with Istra peninsula further back.

December 14, 2011


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Another great picture from Marco Bozzano, this time from Cima della Caldiera (2124). Thank you Marco!

November 2, 2011

Monte Penna

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Another interesting shot from Marco Bozzano, this time from Monte Penna (1735m), looking approximately ESE.

October 25, 2011

Vedetta Alta

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More than one year after his last contribution to this blog, our colleague Marco Bozzano sent us a nice selection of mountain pictures.

Today we publish this very nice view from Vedetta Alta (2627m), looking approximately South. The number of visible peaks is so great that only a small selection is rendered on the blog image. An higher resolution version of this picture with fully labeled peaks, is available here (4000×3000, 1.5M)

Thank you, Marco!

October 7, 2011

Piz Riein

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A nice picture of Piz Riein (2752m) and Oberhorn (2796m), taken by Philipp Weigell, one of our regular contributors.

October 4, 2011

Via ferrata Rino Pisetta

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Today’s photo was taken just above the Sarca Valley plain at the end of summer looking towards the Brenta Dolomites. In this image, you can see the highly demanding via ferrata “Rino Pisetta” on Monte Garzolet, which requires alpine experience and a good level of general fitness. The ferrata has an elevation gain of over 400m, and reaches an altitude of 970m by climbing a series of beautiful and steep limestone slabs.

September 23, 2011

Dawn over the Dolomites

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Today’s photo is part of a larger panorama illustrating the magnificant spectacle that is ‘dawn in the dolomites’.

September 13, 2011

Hiking up Cima Ghez

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Today’s photo is a small portion of a huge panorama (10000×2166, 12M) taken from the flanks of Monte Stivo looking back towards our recent trip up Cima Ghez in the Brenta Dolomite Group (GPS track auto-inserted in green).

September 9, 2011

Autumn in The English Lake District

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Autumn is arriving in the Lake District and the fields are turning golden. Today’s photo captures England’s highest mountain from a steam-train on the  “Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

September 8, 2011

Sailing around Italy’s Volcanic Islands

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Today’s photo comes from a friend of Marmota’s, Aliaksandr Autayeu, taken during his recent sailing trip around Italy’s volcanic islands.

Thanks for sharing it Aliaksandr 🙂

September 4, 2011

Care Alto

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View from the top of Cima di Ghez

September 3, 2011

Cima di Ghez

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Almost on the top, just a few ‘knife-edge’ tricky bits left. Val d’Ambiez on your left and Lago di Molveno hidden in the valley on the right

September 2, 2011

Up, up and then up some more ….

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Climbing up to “Cima di Ghez” (2715m) in the Brenta Dolomites Group is not an easy task and therefore it is not fequented by your average hiker; maybe because there are no paths and it’s very steep 🙁 At least you have the views to yourself 🙂

August 30, 2011

Night in the valley

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This photo was taken on the flanks of Cima Ghez just after darkness fell in Trentino. The 10s exposure (unfortunately without the Moon’s assistance) reveals the peaks of the Tre Cime del Monte Bondone across the valley.

August 29, 2011

Floating Montecristo

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After two weeks of trekking amongst the mountains of Corsica, I have some interesting pictures to share on the blog. Let’s start with this dawn view of Montecristo Island (whose highest point is Monte della Fortezza, 645m, 98km away) and the Italian coast in the distance. On the left, the shape of Monte Amiata (1733m, 222km away) is easily recognizable.

August 22, 2011

Walking with giants

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It’s a shame that I didn’t have a better zoom on my pocket camera as the air was very clear towards Marmolada from Cornetto last week

August 18, 2011

Majestic Backdrop

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The Brenta group of Dolomites captured from close to the top of Cornetto

August 1, 2011


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Another picture from Philipp Weigell, this time from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, looking North.

Thank you, Philipp!

July 22, 2011

Amirani, the Georgian Prometheus

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Our friend Philipp Weigell sent us this picture of the Georgian mountain Gora Kazbek (5033m), telling us that it has something to do with the myth of Prometheus.

A quick Wikipedia search confirmed Philipp’s notion: “Mount Kazbek is associated in Georgian folklore with Amirani, the Georgian version of Prometheus, who was chained on the mountain in punishment for having stolen fire from the gods and having given it to mortals. The location of his imprisonment later became the site of an Orthodox hermitage located in a cave called “Betlemi” (Bethlehem) at around the 4000 meter level. According to legends, this cave housed many sacred relics, including Abraham’s tent and the manger of the infant Jesus.

July 20, 2011

Cornetto Ridge walk

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This photo was taken last weekend on the ridge leading from Monte Stivo (above Lago di Garda) to Monte Cornetto (above Trento). Although it doesn’t look far (only 5km from the photo’s location) it’s a good 4 hours hike.

July 19, 2011

Mer de Glace

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Here’s a lovely photo taken a few weeks ago of the ‘Mer de Glace‘ glacier in the Chamonix valley close to the French end of the Mont Blanc tunnel. I envy the paraglider in this shot!

April 12, 2011

Val di Concei

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Today’s image was taken over the weekend in Val di Concei, just off the main valley of Val di Ledro. Dosso della Torta lies on the newly created Garda-Brenta-Garda long distance path/loop, composed of 7 stages, it stretches 133 km in total, takes around 60 hours to complete and has a total height gain of around 8700 metri.

April 1, 2011

The English Lake District

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Today’s post is the last in the series of photos taken from Gummers How. It is a large panoramic view of the Lakeland Mountains. To download the full image click here (5000×1794 3.7M). In addition to the more famous peaks, I’ve also included the GPS track of the classic Fairfield Horseshoe loop.

March 23, 2011

Lake Windermere

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Following up from yesterday’s photo, if you looked North from Gummers How this is what you would see of the Lake Dsitrict.

March 22, 2011

Watched by the Locals

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Today’s image was taken at the end of a trip to the English Lake District. The small patch of blue sky in this photo was unfortunately the only one we saw on the entire holiday. The photo was taken from Gummers How and captures the southerly most point of Lake Windermere.

March 14, 2011

Panorama Carteano

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The author of this magnificent panoramic view of the hills surrounding the Tuscan city of Prato is Giacomo Boschi. Giacomo published the same photo on Panoramio and asked us to label it using Marmota.

The full resolution version of this panorama is downloadable here (9736×1271 2.5M).

Thank you Giacomo for your contribution!

March 12, 2011

Lago Maggiore

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Today we publish a great panoramic picture of Lago Maggiore and its surrounding mountains. The author is our reader Maurizio Corradi: thank you Maurizio!

You can download the full resolution version of today’s panorama here (5669×851, 1.1M).

January 25, 2011

Malga di Brez

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Just a few days ago, our friend Myrò sent us a nice photo of some snowy mountains, asking us to help her identify all the peaks. After sending her the Marmota-generated results, she decided to cite us on her blog ‘cose da un altro mondo‘ (in Italian). We publish here the same enriched picture (taken from Malga di Brez, aka Malga di Monte Ori).

Thank you Myrò!

January 24, 2011

Cima Paganella

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Today’s wonderful photo was taken by Alessandro Ghezzer (a photographer for Girovagando in Trentino, an Italian TV show focusing on Trentino). The original image appeared on the recently aired show concerning the “Altopiano della Paganella”. You can clearly see the Appenines over 200km away, hovering over Lake Garda.

Thanks for sharing this image with us Alessandro.

January 20, 2011

Where is the Eclipse?

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Last week the partial eclipse of the sun should have been visible from our part of the world. So a couple of us headed up to ‘La Rosta’ in the Monte Bondone group at 5.30am in order to catch the sun rising in eclipse. Unfortunately, from that location it was cloudy 🙁 As you can see from the photo, the sunrise was quite pretty anyway, although it was still -20’C 😀

January 19, 2011

Sass da Pecol

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This really nice picture was taken by Stefano Caldera from the top of Monte Pecol (2302m), looking toward Catinaccio. This photo is also published on Flickr.

Thank you Stefano for your contribution.

December 28, 2010


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After quite a long time, we are back with new pictures!

This nice view of Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, was taken by Francesco Pappalardo from Borgo Franchetto, Castel di Iudica (CT), Sicily, Italy. The image is available on flickr and it is released under a CC license.

November 8, 2010

Marmota on TV

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On the 3rd of November (2010), Marmota was featured on the local (Trentino Alto-Adige) news program Buongiorno Regione on RAI3 (in Italian) – reported by the journalist Agnese Licata. On the following day, it also went on air in an abridged version on the national channel RAI3, on Buongiorno Italia.

You can watch or download the entire video here.

November 3, 2010

French Alps

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Today we publish a panoramic picture of the French Alps taken from the very top of le Grand Aréa (2869m), by Enrico Loda. The original image is too big to be published directly on the blog, so we make it available for download here (2797×1187, 1.3M).

October 21, 2010


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Sunrise over the Brenta this morning. I love watching the first rays lick the peaks in Autumn, not be long before they are covered in snow!

My original photo can be found here.

October 7, 2010

The Tetons

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Trey Ratcliff is a well known photographer on Flickr. While browsing his photostream, I found this great picture of the Teton Range, and decided to let Marmota label it.

Trey released this photo under a CC license. We release this enriched version adopting the same license.

September 29, 2010

Harvest time

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The orchards close to the lab are filled with teams of apple pickers. Autumn is upon us

September 28, 2010


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Today’s equine image was captured by Gabriella Montagner, whilst strolling along the path leading to Sass Rigais (3025m). Two impressive “sassi” are resting in the distance: Sasso Lungo (3181m, 8km away), and Sasso Piatto (2958m, 10km away).

September 22, 2010

Monte Mulaz

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Another interesting contribution from our colleague Marco Bozzano, this time a North-East view from Monte Mulaz (2906m). This view covers a nice selection of iconic peaks, like Tre Cime di Lavaredo (2999m, 49km away, barely visible), Monte Pelmo (3168m) , and Monte Civetta (3220m).

September 18, 2010

Valle Rossa

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Today’s image comes from the same series as this post. Although Rotspitze looks very attractive with the snow, I might leave it for another visit 😉

September 17, 2010

Nicky nook Fell

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Today’s photo was taken by Robert Chippendale in the NW of England, close to the Forest of Bowland. It features Nick Nook Fell, an old haunt of mine. Autumn isn’t far away and the colours are already changing in the fields.

September 15, 2010


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The weather over the weekend here in Northern Italy was amazing. The cleanest and the bluest skies I have seen for a while. So, I decided to visit Valle Aurina the northern most point in Italy and spend a night in Rifugio Giogo Lungo. Today’s photo was taken half way down Rottal valley on my way back down to the car park in Casere, surrounded by 3000m+ mountains that form a natural Italian/Austrian border.

September 8, 2010

A Quest

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Monviso (3841m) is a predominant mountain on the skyline on a crystal clear day when you are on any of the Southern Alpine peaks.

We’ve shown you an image of Monviso from 237km away, but we know that we can do better! Inspired by this post (in Italian) where they post rumors of it being visible from Monte Baldo (which we calculated it is), we are initiating a Quest to capture this distinctive peak from over 324km away! Today’s image is an artificial rendering of what you could see (obviously on an amazingly clear day) from the top of Monte Altissimo di Nago 2079m (45.810346254 N , 10.888383998 E) which is a very accessible peak even in the Winter.

Maybe one of our Marmota blog readers already has such an image, if so then sent it to us 🙂

If not, then we will venture to this peak when the conditions are right (with a good zoom lens and crossed fingers), or maybe one of you will beat us to it 😉

Happy Questing!

September 2, 2010

Monte Baldo

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Today’s image is linked to yesterday’s. However, this time we’re looking up Lago di Garda towards the Monte Baldo group. I suspect that the cairn was assembled just that morning as it was balance far too precariously to survive any wind.

September 1, 2010

South Garda

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It’s very difficult to stay in the office when the forecast is excellent 🙂

So yesterday, I took a holiday and headed down to Lake Garda to a great vantage point above the lake on Cima Comer (just above Gargnano).

This photo was taken just 10 minutes up the path from the village of Sasso on our way to Cima Comer. Unfortunately, once we got to the top the view of the Apennines wasn’t quite as good, hence this post from lower down its flanks.

August 30, 2010

Confluence bagging

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We couldn’t resist bagging our local ‘confluence point’. Today’s image visually documents our trip last Saturday to 46N 11E. Our GPS track (thick red line), latitude and longitude lines (thin red line) and the confluence point were all automatically overlaid by Marmota

(Also see our previous post about confluence points)

August 24, 2010

46N 11E Confluence point

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This morning we stumbled upon an astonishing website related to geo-objects, namely ‘The Degree Confluence Project‘. We quickly noticed that we had such a ‘confluence point’ close to Trento and had already captured it in one of our previous posts 🙂 Anyway, I’ve re-generated this post with the new source of geo-data. In the next few weeks we will visit the 46N-11E point and add our own entry to their website. Please, if any of you have any geo-referenced images containing other confluence points then send them to us for posting!

Interesting project!

August 23, 2010

From Monte Bondone

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It’s a bit humid here in Trentino at the moment, but nevertheless I managed to snap this pretty shot of the Tre Cime del Monte Bondone from the top of Palon. The Tre Cime can also be seen from past posts here, here and here

p.s. If you are interesting in seeing our Marmota photo explorer too, then visit our EagleEye page…

August 18, 2010

Marmota mobile AR

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Today’s post is more of a news bulletin about Marmota. It’s taken from this article.

Here is the text:


The “Marmota mobile AR” prototype developed by FBK researchers, allows you to frame a landscape with your mobile phone and overlay information such as mountain-names/distance/altitudes into reality.

Simply point your mobile towards the landscape that you are looking at, and a few moments later you will see all the information you desire, such as the profiles of the mountains and the names of peaks/refuges, together with their distances away and  altitudes. A dream for those who find themselves in a more or less unknown location and want to know everything about the scene around them.

The “Marmota mobile AR” prototype developed by Claudio Andreatta, Michele Zanin and Paul Chippendale, researchers at the “Technologies of Vision” Unit (TeV) in the Information Technology Centre of Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) in Trento, is already up and running and being field-tested at the Trento research centre for further improvements.

“The system”, explains Michele Zanin “integrates technologies and findings from different disciplines, spanning cartography to computer graphics, and sophisticated machine vision algorithms. Each pixel of the image is associated with information such as altitude, latitude, longitude and distance from the observer”. This works using a minimal amount of memory and the user’s location (obtained via internal GPS) is sent via the Internet to a central “Marmota” server – currently hosted at FBK – where the data is processed. When the user’s information is ready, it is packed (usually 50-120 Kb) and sent to the user who then receives a high resolution, 360 degree augmented overlay layer. In accordance to priority rules, the augmented layer will specify tailored information, such as county names and altitudes.

“One of the innovative aspects of the system,” continues Zanin “is that the rendering provided to the user shows aspects that are only ‘actually’ visible from the observation point, and excludes hidden ones that would create confusion. The system also offers the user information on points far from the eye, up to 500 km away, and functions throughout the world between 60° latitude North to 60° South. The system can also draw vectorial data of any kind into the scene such as roads, hiking paths, rivers or lakes, taking into consideration the actual visibility from the user’s view point”. AR applications are amongst the most downloaded by owners of new generation mobile phones. This Android-based prototype  represents the mobile version of the  “Marmota” technology, a project under development by the TeV research unit since 2007, aimed at correlating geo-referenced landscape photos with synthetic three-dimensional models. “User Testing” says Zanin “will follow in the immediate future and will involve volunteers from outside FBK and will hopefully identify critical points in the system, thus helping us to transform the current ‘prototype’ into an application that can be enjoyed by the general public”.

For further information:
– Website of the TeV Research Unit in FBK headed by Stefano Messelodi:
– Websites of the “Marmota” project: ,
– See the  spotlight of the “Marmota”project, by Marzia Lucianer (Communication Unit FBK):
– Press room:

August 13, 2010

Val d’Ambiez revisited

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Val d’Ambiez acts like a magnet to the Marmota team. Last week Michele took this lovely shot from the other side of the Valley, looking down onto Rifugio Cacciatore. For other posts about the valley have a look here and here.

August 4, 2010

Cima d’Asta

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After 1400m meters of height gain, our colleague Gloria Zen was rewarded with this magnificent view from the top of Cima d’Asta (which is notoriously capped with cloud). She said that “it was worth the effort”, and this photo certainly proves it.

July 29, 2010

Andes Sunset Eclipse

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We spotted this great picture of the recent (July 11th, 2010) Total Solar Eclipse on APOD and immediately decided to apply Marmota to it. The author is Janne Pyykkö and he kindly gave us permission to publish the results.

Unfortunately, only a few of the peak names are available on GeoNames in this region of the Andes, so we decided to label missing ones with their lat/lon/alt data.

Thank you Janne for sharing your magnificent shot!

July 27, 2010

Brenta sopra e sotto

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Today’s wonderful image was taken by rosa.farina very close to our previous blog post. I really love the clarity of the Brenta peaks in the reflection.

Thanks for sharing it with us Rosa 🙂

July 21, 2010

Rifugio 5 Laghi

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Although the skies weren’t as limpid as they were on Monday, today’s image gives you a tempting glimpse of what the Dolomites have to offer

July 14, 2010

Tre Cime

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Another nice picture from Gabriella Montagner, this time from the rocks of Monte Paterno (2746m), looking towards the Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

Note: given the natural large dark border of the image, we had to manually fix the label positioning provided by Marmota.

July 12, 2010

Capo d’Orto

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Another image from Corsica; this time taken from the little village of Ota . Above the village sits a huge boulder perched on the top of a peak, you get the sense that you wouldn’t like to be there in an earthquake.

July 8, 2010

LHC overlay

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After his ‘Heimgarten view‘ contribution last year, Philipp Weigell sent us another interesting picture. He told us that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, should be present in this view.

We told Marmota to extract LHC and SPS shapes from OpenStreetMap and to overlay them onto the image: this is the result. The green circle is the LHC, while the smaller red one is the SPS. They are in fact present in the photo! Thank you Philipp for your contribution.

This image is released under a cc-by license.

July 5, 2010

Looking down on Val d’Ambiez

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Another sunny weekend and another gorgeous snapshot of Trentino. This time in the Brenta dolomite group, looking towards the 2 alpine refuges high up in the valley, Cacciatore and Agostini. Look at this old post to see it from the other side of the valley: Val d’Ambiez.

July 3, 2010

Cerro Paranal

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Inspired by the “Vicino o lontano?” post written by Prof. Sentimento Cuorcontento in his blog, we decided to let Marmota label this aerial photo featuring ESO‘s Very Large Telescope on top of Cerro Paranal (2664m), Chile, and Llullaillaco Volcano (6730m), 192km away, on the Chile/Argentina border.

The exact position of the shot was not available, so we had to guess. After some try and error, we obtained lat=-24.624966° lon=-70.435863° alt=3020m (about 1000m above ground).

The original source is the ESA website, where all photos are released with a CC license (details here). The photographer is probably G.Hüdepohl.

July 2, 2010

But which Island is it?

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It’s not always easy to understand which island you are looking at, especially in the evening mist. You may have a clue, but when you’re not 100% sure, ask Marmota. In the above image, you can see the steep mountains of Capraia.

July 1, 2010


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Today’s image was taken last Sunday from the top of Venet (2512m), situated in the Austrian Alps near Imst. There is a great cablecar, leaving from Imst, that takes you to Krahberg (2208m) (labelled in the lower right of the photo), just an hour and a half walk away.

June 28, 2010

Kilimanjaro in the far distance

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A new entry in our 300+ km series: an incredible view of the highest point in Africa, Kilimanjaro (5895m), from the second highest, Mount Kenya (5199m).

This picture was taken by ccferg who released it on Flickr under a CC license. We release this elaborated version under the same license.

Lago di Resia

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Today’s post drags us back to the Alps. Reschensee (Italian: Lago di Resia) or Lake Reschen is an artificial lake located in the western portion of the Italian province of Bolzano-Bozen, near the Reschen Pass, 2 km South of the the Austrian border.

June 25, 2010

Lunae montes

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During a recent travel to Uganda, I visited the Queen Elizabeth National Park, in the South West of the country. This picture was taken from the middle of the savanna, looking approximately North (325-340 degrees), where some huge mountains were visible.

After my return, I ran Marmota on this picture, discovering that I captured a view of the Rwenzori massif, the Mountains of the Moon (or Lunae montes). The highest point of the massif, Mount Stanley (5109m), is hidden by closer (and lower) peaks. Mount Gessi (4715m), 51km away, is the highest feature visible in the picture.

Despite the high altitude reached by these mountains, no glacier or ice cover is visible here.

Below, you can find a synthetic rendering of the scene, in order to better appreciate the complex altimetric structures that go from the base of the massif (about 950m) to the tops (4000m and more).

Synthetic rendering

Synthetic rendering, color proportional to distance (blue is close, red is far away).

June 24, 2010

Lake Calacuccia

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The Marmota team have been enjoying the mountains, so over the next few days we’ll be bringing you images from our travels. Today, an image from central Corsica, taken next to the man-made lake of Calacuccia

June 2, 2010

Rhone Valley

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This morning I searched for the keyword ‘mountain‘ using Flickr’s search engine, limiting the search to Creative Commons media, and sorting the results by ‘interestingness’. Today’s picture appears on the very first page.

The author is Christian Meichtry and the picture is available here. The license is CC by-nc-sa2.0.

Mountain names and country flags are automatically derived from GeoNames. If you find any errors, please fix them directly in GeoNames and then write a comment here: we would then regenerate the image with the corrected data.

June 1, 2010

Val d’Ambiez and Rifugio Agostini

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Although it’s the 1st June, there is still quite a bit of snow around the high altitude mountain refuges. At least Rifugio Agostini is no longer under 4m of snow!

May 28, 2010

Afternoon chat

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What nicer place to have an afternoon chat than on the banks of Lake Windermere in Ambleside.

May 26, 2010

View from Castel Drena

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I took this photo last weekend, after I’d done a wonderful via ferrata in a canyon, Rio Sallagoni, below Drena castle. A great visual reward.

Wilderness in the Alps

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Today’s photo was taken by our colleague Gloria Zen whilst wandering through the tranquil Lagorai region, not far from Trento. It’s a really beautiful place to explore and you never find many tourists.

May 25, 2010

Monte Baldo

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We’re always happy to post your images on our Blog. Yesterday, a friend of Marmota, Nigel Martin, sent us an image from his recent holidays in Italy. It was taken from the Monte Baldo range above Lake Garda and is looking due North.

Thanks for sharing this with us Nigel 🙂

May 24, 2010

Cartmell sands

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Here’s another photo from my trip to the English Lake District. It was taken close to the historic village of Cartmel looking towards ‘The Lakes’.

May 22, 2010

Panorama of Nice from Mountaintop

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I recently discovered the collection of historical photos published by Cornell University Library on Flickr, and decided to apply Marmota on some of them. This is the first result.

It is an albumen print of Nice, France, taken in the period 1865-1895, and is available here. The geotag position provided on Flickr is not perfect: our current estimate is somewhere near (lat,lon,alt)=(43.696861111, 7.3000861111, 212m).

May 21, 2010

Spring in Trentino

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Even though we have posted many images of the Brenta, when the sky is as clear as it was this morning, I could not resist sharing it with you.


May 20, 2010

English Lake District

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The English Lake District in Spring is a wonderful place to visit, proving that it’s not at the weekend! I took this lovely photo by the side of Lake Windermere looking towards the Langdales and the Central Lakes.

May 12, 2010

View from the window 2

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Following this old post, we continue today our “View from the window” series.

Our friend Mario Sandri lives in the beautiful village of Revò and this is the incredible view he can enjoy every evening from his window. Great!

May 11, 2010

Vioz and the Moon

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Another picture from Gabriella Montagner, this time from the top of Monte Vioz (3645m). She told us that the picture was taken on Sunday, September 6th, 2009, early in the morning. From the position of the Moon, we can tell that the exact time was 6:50am.

May 10, 2010

Brenta in the ocean

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This gorgeous picture of the Brenta group emerging from an ocean of clouds was taken by our friend Gabriella Montagner. She was on the top of Cima Presanella (3558m) at the time, looking towards the ESE. The profiles of the highest peaks of the Brenta group were the only visible things.

On a perfect day, a tiny bit of the Northern Croatian mountains would be visible in-between Cima dei Armi (2951m) and Torre di Brenta (3013m), about 290km away.

Grazie Gabriella!

May 3, 2010

Monte Tofino

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This view from the top of Monte Tofino (2151m) was taken by our colleague and blog reader Marco Bozzano, using his cell phone camera.

Thanks to the sign on the top, there was no need to generate a Marmota label for Monte Tofino!

Thanks Marco for sharing your photo.

April 22, 2010

Looking out for marmots

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As soon as Spring returns I cannot help thinking about past trips into the Dolomites. Here’s a good friend of mine taking a panarama break on a trip a few years ago in Val di Fassa next to Catinaccio.

April 21, 2010

Adige valley

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Spring has arrived here in Trentino and what better way to explore than on the bike. I took this photo from the ‘Greenway della ex-ferrovia Ora-Predazzo’ looking south down the Adige valley

March 1, 2010

Winter in Viote

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Before the snow melts and the Spring colours arrive, we wanted to show you a last glimpse of Winter. Brrrrrr..

February 15, 2010

A view from the past

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Many years ago, our colleague Bruno Caprile found an interesting collection of old drawings of panoramic views. These drawings look a lot like the synthetic mountain profiles generated by the Marmota technology, so Bruno decided to share with us his precious collection.

You can see a sample of Bruno’s maps in today’s post: a portion of a wide panoramic view from Monte Leco (1072m), not far away from Genova, Italy. We generated the same view with Marmota; you can download our modern rendering here (4660×706, 122K).

The main difference is that Isola d’Elba and Isola Capraia should be visible, at least theoretically. It would be nice to obtain a real photo taken from Monte Leco and compare it with our synthetic results.

Thank you Bruno for sharing this view from the past!

February 4, 2010


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The fastest and easiest way to travel to World is through the experiences of others and the photos they share with us all. But, if you are unfamiliar with a place, how do you know what you are looking at? This is where ‘Marmota’ can help you.

I came across this great image taken in Hawaii yesterday and it had the comments “Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa from Haleakala”, but which was which and how far away were they? 2 minutes later I had my answer, see for yourselves…..

Thanks for sharing this image with us Jerry 🙂

February 3, 2010

Ama Dablan – Nepal

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Nepal is a stunning and remote part of the World where many peak remane un-named and un-touched by human hand. In this image only one peak has a name and it’s not easy to ensure that this is correct. Thanks for sharing this with us Laurent Bois-Mariage.

February 2, 2010

Where Alps meet the Mediterranean

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Today’s photo has been shared by our friend Aleksandar Gospić. It’s a lovely warming shot of the sea and the colourful houses in the village of Vinjerac in Croatia. Thanks for sharing this with us Aleksander :)

January 30, 2010


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After a lovely winter’s walk on ‘ciaspole‘, our colleague Gloria Zen reached the top of Dosso di Costalta (1955m) (also featured in Thurday’s post), where she took this picturesque shot.

In the past, we featured other photos from Gloria on this blog: they are available here.

January 29, 2010


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I’ve passed through Glenetive many times on my Scottish Highland trips, but I’ve never seen the mountains look as dramatic as this (it’s usually raining heavily and full of ravenous midges!). Thanks for sharing this photo with us Arthur.

January 28, 2010


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Closer to home today. This image was taken by supermariano81 not far away from FBK on Costalta and shows us how lovely it is to be on the tops in Winter. Thanks supermariano81

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